Saul: Israel’s First King Falls Short

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Saul: Israel’s First King Falls Short: The name Saul in Hebrew means “asked.” Saul was the son of Kish from the tribe of Benjamin.Episode #17- Saul: Israel’s First King Falls Short

As we learned in our last episode, although Samuel was a godly man and great spiritual leader, his sons were not and so the people of Israel rejected them as judges over them. Instead, the people called for a king to be appointed to lead them. The nations around them all had kings and the people of Israel wanted to be like them. Samuel tries to discourage the people’s desire for a king and prayed to the Lord for His help. However, the Lord though disappointed in the Israelites’ desire for a human king to rule over them, rather than He, Himself through judges, consented to their wishes and sent Samuel to anoint a man named Saul.

The name Saul in Hebrew means “asked.” Saul was the son of Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. Kish was a wealthy man, and Saul grew up to be given charge of his father’s land and livestock. Tall, handsome, intelligent, and sensitive to God’s leading, Saul, looked like he was born for the role of king. But sadly, as we will explore in this episode, Saul becomes increasingly disobedient, impatient, and prideful, leading to his eventual downfall after the Lord rejects him as king.

What can we possibly learn from the life of Saul? Kevin and Crystal discuss two powerful takeaways from Saul’s reign and how we can apply these lessons to our lives as believers, avoiding the pitfalls of pride and disobedience.

Next week- Please join us next time when we discover why a humble shepherd boy was considered a man after God’s own heart.

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

  • Bible Gateway
  • NASB Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible Notes
  • 10 Minutes to Knowing the Men & Women of the Bible by Jim George

Scripture references:

  • 1 Samuel 8:7-9
  • 1 Samuel 9-17
  • Proverbs 16:18
  • James 4:6

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